A region of industrial power and technological research
Piedmont is the second largest region in Italy. Its strong industrial background makes it home to several major International companies (Fiat, Martini, Ferrero, Gancia, Alenia Areonautica, Giugiaro Design just to mention a few). Extensively interacting with the industrial sector, Piedmont’s institutions of higher education collaborate to enhance regional research and excellence.
There are four major institutions of higher education in Piedmont: the University of Torino, the Polytechnic of Torino, the Eastern Piedmont “Amedeo Avogadro” University and, unique in Italy, the University of Gastronomic Sciences.
What to see: the naturalistic treasures of the North West of Italy
Piedmont is also a region rich in naturalistic, cultural and historical treasures and offers a wide choice for excursions and trips outside the city.
The Mountains: with one of the most extensive ski resort systems in the country and Europe, the Alps are renown and appreciated all over the world, especially thanks to the Olympic Winter Games of 2006. Thanks to breathtaking landscapes and sports options, Piedmont’s spectacular mountains are the perfect places to enjoy nature in all its aspects.
The Lakes: one of the most fascinating natural treasures in the region, Piedmont’s lakes are the ideal destinations for a day out. The Avigliana Lakes are the closest to the metropolitan area, Candia Lake is a very pleasant option for enjoying nature and practicing sports, whereas Maggiore Lake and Orta Lake are probably the most famous for their beauty and historical background.
The wine territories “le Langhe”: here, the hills and valleys, towers and castles, vineyards and beautiful natural landscapes alternate and offer a stunning and unique scenery. This is the territory that generates some of the most world-widely appreciated wines, such as Barbaresco, Barolo, Barbera and Dolcetto.
The spa resorts: Acqui Terme and Vinadio spa resorts, thanks to their thermal springs, offer treatments and relaxation at a very easy reach from the city.
Within easy reach
In only a couple of hours from Torino, you can reach the seaside (Liguria region and Genova), Aosta Valley and the Mont Blanc, Milan, Switzerland.
Connected by the high-speed railway links, Firenze, Roma and Napoli can also be easily reached and enjoyed.